Camps & Meets: 2017 Summer Pole Vault Camp (22nd year)

2017 Summer Pole Vault Camp (22nd year)

Our camps offer unmatched service, attention, optimism, and expertise. Our coaches, equipment, and experience ensure to best possible experience for vaulters of all ages and abilities. We vault for fun and personal bests in an environment where a personal-best at any height is equally honored and celebrated. Our camps are open to any and all athletes.

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The Location
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St Louis Park HS
6425 W 33rd St.
St Louis Park, MN 55426
Camp Details
  • We provide all poles—including many that are custom-made so that each and everyone has the best poles at their disposal
  • 8 athletes max per session so the runway is not over-crowded
  • 4:1 athlete to coach ratio so vaulters get the best attention of any vault offering
  • Vaulters receive feedback on each and every jump
  • We tailor-fit the coaching, the ideas, and the cues to each athlete's individual needs
  • We almost never do whole-group drills or instruction as one-size rarely fits all in pole vault
  • Instead, we have individuals do specific drills, on an individual basis, when they individually need them.
  • While individual instruction is occurring, the rest of the group is still able to vault with the supervision of the other coach. Your development will not be delayed by the needs of another.
  • Coach Leslie Brost, USA National Qualifier and NCAA D-1 All-American in pole vault (14'9 PR)
  • Coach Jack Szmanda, USA National Qualifier and NCAA D-1 All-American decathlete (17'5 PR)
Athlete Daily Responsibilities
  • bring water
  • bring a granola bar, or similar snack, to eat at the conclusion of practice
  • bring sunscreen
  • dress appropriately for heat and cold
  • bring running shoes (suitable for jogging)
  • bring racing spikes
  • arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete a good warm-up and stretch prior to the camp beginning
  • follow all coaching instructions
Rain Day Communication and Make-up
  • We will practice in drizzle, as long as safety is not a concern
  • In the event of dangerous or prohibitive weather, we will email everyone stating that we are cancelled.
  • The rain make-up day for a cancellation will be the Friday of the same week at the same time.
  • If somehow it rains on the rain make-up day, vaulters will be refunded.
  • Please call or email Caroline with your questions
  • 763-458-2916
The Coaches
  • Leslie Brost

    Flight Deck Coach / National-level Athlete, training with Caroline & Steve
    graduated from NDSU in 2013 with a BA in Exercise Science. In addition to being a 3x South Dakota HS state champion and state record holder (13'3), Leslie also placed 8th at the World Junior Championships in Poland. While being coached by Stevie Keller at NDSU, Leslie was a 6x conference champion, 6x NCAA qualifier, and a D-1 NCAA All-American. Leslie still holds the current NDSU vault records (14'3 in/14'1 out). Leslie has a current PR of 4.51m 14'9" and has competed in four USA Championships as well as the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials. Leslie begins her 8th year coaching HS vault camps and is currently training with Steve and Caroline for the 2018 USA Nationals.

  • Jack Szmanda

    Flight Deck Coach / Former National-level Athlete
    graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Architecture. While at the UofM, Jack set and still holds both the freshman record in the Heptathlon and the school record in the Decathlon. In 2012, Jack was the Big-10 runner up in the Indoor Pole Vault (17'5), the heptathlon, and the decathlon. Jack is also a 2x DI NCAA Qualifier, a DI All-American, a 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier, a Team USA U23 NACAC Decathlon Champion, and a 2013 USA Championships Qualifier. While in high school, Jack qualified for Wisconsin state meet 4x Pole Vault, 2x 110m high hurdles, 2x 300m int. hurdles, and 1x in the High Jump. Jack was the pole vault state runner-up in 2007, and state champion in 2008 with a HS PR (15'6). Jack begins his 9th year coaching HS vault camps.

  • Steve White

    Flight Deck Coach / Former University of Minnesota Vault Coach
    Steve coached the University of Minnesota Men's Pole Vault 11-years, St. John's & St Ben's 5-years, Tech High School 3-years, Armstrong High School 5-years, and University of St Thomas 1-year. Steve began vaulting in 7th grade. While at St Louis Park high school Steve placed 7th at state twice and had a PR jump of 14'. Steve earned All-American honors twice while at North Central College in Illinois. An advocate for girls in sports; Steve co-lead the original movement that led to girls getting to pole vault in Minnesota. Steve coached the first girls' State Champion in the event; the first MN girl to clear 11'. At the UofM, Steve coached athletes to 13 Big 10 conference titles, 9 All-American performances, 2 Olympic Trials Qualifiers, and 1 NCAA Champion. Some of these athletes include Moorhead native Brock Spandl (17'3, 2010 D1-All-American), Jack Szmanda (17'5, 2010 D1-All-American), Ben Peterson (18'0 PR, 2011 D1-NCAA All-American and National runner-up), Zach Siegmeier (18'1 PR, 2014 D1-All-American), Luca Wieland (2015 Indoor Heptathlon NCAA CHAMPION 16'5 PR). Now in his 28th year in education, Steve is the Assistant Principal at Minneapolis North. Steve is USATF certified Level 1, level 2 jumps, level 2 endurance, and a certified coaches-education instructor. Steve has a lifetime PR jump of 17'4, cleared 16'+ for 16-years in a row, and was the 2012 & 2021 USA Masters Outdoor Champion. Now at age 52, Steve is currently 14th on the World Masters 50-54 All-time list with a jump of 14'6. Contact Steve with questions (763-458-2932) or (

Session A (M, Th)
  • $110.00 per group
  • Days

    • Monday, June 19, 2017
    • Thursday, June 22, 2017

  • Groups

    • 5:00PM - 6:30PM 4 Spots Available
    • 6:30pm - 8:00pm 1 Spot Available

Session B (M, Th)
  • $110.00 per group
  • Days

    • Monday, June 26, 2017
    • Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Groups

    • 6:30pm - 8:00pm 1 Spot Available

Session C (M, Th)
  • $110.00 per group
  • Days

    • Monday, July 3, 2017
    • Thursday, July 6, 2017

  • Groups

    • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Full - Waitlist Available
    • 5:00PM - 6:30PM 4 Spots Available

Session D (M, Th)
  • $110.00 per group
  • Days

    • Monday, July 10, 2017
    • Thursday, July 13, 2017

  • Groups

    • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Full - Waitlist Available
    • 5:00PM - 6:30PM 2 Spots Available

Session E (M, Th)
  • $110.00 per group
  • Days

    • Monday, July 17, 2017
    • Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Groups

    • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Full - Waitlist Available
    • 5:00PM - 6:30PM 5 Spots Available

Session F (M, Th)
  • $110.00 per group
  • Days

    • Monday, July 24, 2017
    • Thursday, July 27, 2017

  • Groups

    • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Full - Waitlist Available
    • 5:00PM - 6:30PM Full - Waitlist Available